Philly fans are known for their noise levels (among other things). With the Phillies making a deep postseason run and the Eagles off to a 5-1 start, The Philadelphia Inquirer took it upon themselves to measure just how loud our fans really are at home events.
Fans have been so loud that they’ve stood out among their peers, drawing praise from a national media that prefers to associate Philly with snowballs, batteries, and other decades-old tropes that no longer apply. But the Phillies fan base has provided the best home-field advantage in MLB postseason history, with the Phillies going a record 26-11 at Citizens Bank Park since it opened in 2004.
“It’s our fans,” Bryce Harper said after a recent postseason win at home. “I mean, there’s nothing like it. … I love this place. Flat out, I love this place. There’s nothing like coming into the Bank and playing in front of these fans. Blue collar mentality, tough, fighting every single day. I get chills, man. I get so fired up. Man, I love this place!”
The Phillies are off to a 4-0 start at home this postseason and are outscoring their opponents 24-5 at Citizens Bank Park. According to The Inquirer, the Arizona Diamondbacks practiced for their NLCS games in Philadelphia with artificial crowd noise.
Staff members took a decibel reader to the Phillies’ National League Division Series-clinching game last week to measure the crowd. At their loudest, fans are roughly as loud as a jackhammer. A few examples:
- Pregame fireworks: 106 decibels
- Trea Turner’s first hit of the night: 112 decibels
- Nick Castellanos’ first home run: 110 decibels
- Castellanos’ second home run: 112 decibels
Photo: AP/Matt Rourke